News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

15 December 2013

UN Airlifts Humanitarian Aid To Northeast Syria As Displaced Families Face Harsh Winter

QAMISHLY, Syria – The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and UNICEF have started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as displaced families start to face one of the harshest winters ever as winter storm “Alexa” dumped large amounts of snow and brought cold temperatures to the region.

14 December 2013

Korean Contribution To Improve Afghan Community Resilience Against Shocks

Kabul – The Government of the Republic of Korea announced a contribution of US$ 9 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support asset-creation projects to boost food security in Afghanistan. The donation was formalised in a signing ceremony in Rome attended by high-level representatives from the Government of Korea as well as senior WFP officials.

ED - E.Cousin
14 December 2013

Financial Services For Rural Poor Vital, Say Queen Maxima And Top U.N. Officials

Tanzania trip ends with calls for more joint efforts on financial inclusion and food security.

Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

WFP Provides Internally Displaced Syrians With Fuel For Stoves As Temperatures Plummet

DAMASCUS – As Syrians face a harsh winter amid civil war for a third consecutive year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing close to 10,000 litres of fuel to internally displaced families living in ten shelters in Damascus. The fuel is used in stoves for both cooking and heating. Further distribution of fuel is planned for an additional 35 shelters in Homs, Hama and Rural Damascus in the next few days.

Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

WFP Appoints Japanese Model Kurara Chibana As National Ambassador Against Hunger

TOKYO – Japanese model Kurara Chibana was today appointed the first National Ambassador against Hunger for Japan for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Elisabeth Rasmusson, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director for Partnership and Governance Services, announced the appointment at a ceremony in Tokyo during her visit to Japan, and presented Chibana with a €2 WFP commemorative coin, a symbolic payment for her dedication.

Hunger in the news
12 December 2013

DSWD, WFP To Begin Cash Distributions For Yolanda Survivors

MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide PHP 260 m (US$ 6 m) in cash assistance to 500,000 food insecure people in over 60 municipalities across Panay Island, Leyte and Samar in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

11 December 2013

Ireland Helps Support Hungry Families And Refugees In Malawi

LILONGWE – The Government of Ireland has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of more than US$1.3 million (MWK .5 billion) to boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest households in Malawi.

WFP Ambassadors
11 December 2013

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Amal Dabbas Cooks with Syrian Refugees in Jordan

AMMAN – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Amal Dabbas spent a day shopping and cooking with a Syrian family in Amman to increase awareness on the importance of WFP’s food assistance in ensuring Syrian refugees have access to the food and nutrition they need.

10 December 2013

H.M. Queen Maxima Of Netherlands Visits Ethiopia To Highlight Importance Of Financial Inclusion For The Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

Responding to Emergencies
10 December 2013

Emergency Food Assistance Reaches People Displaced By Violence In Central African Republic

BANGUI– A joint rapid assessment in the Central African Republic (CAR) found that more than 60,000 people have  been displaced after renewed violence erupted  on 5 December and that food is  a priority. To respond to immediate needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance to affected people   across the capital, as well as in Bossangoa to the north-west.


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